Speed Test

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Captain's Gig, Customer Questions, Mailbag |

Recently, a customer wanted to know how fast our smallest boats go with a 2 hp motor. It was a nice sunny day so we decided to take a couple dinghies out for speed testing. We don’t usually think of our boats as motor boats but they work well with a small outboard in maneuverability and speed.

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Customer Question: Can you row a Melonseed with the sail in place?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Customer Questions |

Recently we had an e-mail exchange with a customer that some of you might find helpful. Hello,   I haven’t seen any photos of the sailing version of t he Melonseed rowed with the sail furled. How is the sail stowed when not in use? Can it be lashed to the boom and then secured to the mast or would it be necessary to carry the spars on deck and therefore in the way of rowing?   Thanks, Kent I designed the Melonseed sail rig...

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Training up for real-world rowing

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Customer Questions |

Having been in this line of work for over 25 years, sometimes I think we’ve heard every question out there.  But now and then we get a really good question that we’ve never had to think about before, and it’s really a treat for us to ponder something new.  This one came in via email this week: Dave, I bought a Concept2 (model D) rowing machine just before Christmas to get myself in shape while the Melonseed is under...

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Speed Demons – is a bigger motor better?

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Customer Questions, Motors |

Today we have another post in our series where we highlight a common (or particularly interesting) question we get from customers.  A gentleman contacted us because he is soon going to be purchasing a yacht that includes a fully-equipped tender: “I am in the process of acquiring …. a 44 foot Island Packet.  She is sweet, and hoisted on her stern is a 10 foot Navigator (comes with oars and sails to boot).  Currently the Navigator has...

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Customer Question: Which boat is most stable?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Customer Questions | 2 comments

Recently we received this inquiry about the stability of our boats: “We are interested in learning more about your small row boats.  We need it to be stable on rough water that we often experience on Priest Lake.  It also must be comfortable for my wife to row at age 78.  The Navigator looks good, but perhaps others are just as good or better. We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you.” First, we need to define the meaning of...

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